Because I Could not Stop for Death

Because I could not stop for Death--
He kindly stopped for me--
The Carriage held but just Ourselves--
And Immortality.

We slowly drove - He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility--

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess - in the Ring--
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain--
We passed the Setting Sun--

Or rather - He passed Us--
The Dews drew quivering and chill--
For only Gossamer, my Gown--
My Tippet - only Tulle--

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground--
The Roof was scarcely visible--
The Cornice - in the Ground--

Since then - 'tis Centuries - and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity--